Best Products: The Shark - 1000 Watt Vacuum in a Small Package

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Lived in small apartments for years. Gave up the bigger vacuum in favor of a Dust Buster. Had many. Was always disappointed at how hard it was to find replacement bags as well as how weak the recharge got over time. Finally went shopping again. Very confusing out there.

Worse than dating.

Lots of new fangled vacuums, all making promises I didn't believe. Finally tried The Shark. It was super powerful, small, solidly made, with Hepa filter, and had a plug, so I didn't have to worry about bum recharging. It cost less than $50. Perfect.

Problems? In the small vacuum category this really is pretty perfect, but we would very much like it to be bagless and not have such cheap plastic hoses.

(Re-edited from a post originally published 09.29.05)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.